What? Awards for long-serving employees Who? Employees of Bata Malaysia Sdn Bhd Where? Jalan Kapar in Klang
IN THIS age of rapid changes in the philosophy and workings of the corporate world and the tendency for young people to job-hop, it is heartening to know that staff loyalty is alive and well.
And, Bata Malaysia Sdn Bhd is among the few corporate companies that counts among its staff employees who have been working there for more than 25 years
Among them are Datuk James Selvaraj, Josephine A.P. Sim and Nor Amirudin Sulaiman, all of whom have spent almost half their lives working there.
The three were among 32 Bata Malaysia employees who received awards for 15, 20 and 25 years of service at the Long Service Award dinner held at Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel KL yesterday.
Bata International Shoe Organisation president Rino Rizzo presented the awards at the event.
Bata Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Marcello Pace described the group as being the backbone of the company and Bata was proud to have such employees.
“Bata is what it is today because of them - showing teamwork and dedication, and motivating others,
“With their dedication, they inspire the new employes,” said Pace at the Bata Malaysia office in Jalan Kapar, Klang, on Wednesday.
Josephine, 45, joined as a payment clerk in the Administration Department in 1980, and is now the management information system (MIS) manager.
“Working here, I'm fulfilling my dream,” she said, explaining that she had always wanted to be involved in Information Technology (IT) and to work in Bata when she was schooling.
She added that she had managed to further her education and built her character in the process.
Six months after joining the company, she applied for a position as a data entry clerk in the EDP Department.
Meanwhile, she studied at Tunku Abdul Rahman College and obtained a certificate in Information Programming and Processing a year later before becoming a programmer.
Two years later, she was promoted to analyst programmer and, in 1990, made MIS manager.
Selvaraj, who also joined in 1980 as a sports coordinator and is now a senior manager for marketing, said he built his career and life here.
“I am proud to be in a company that recognises its staff and rewards them.
“When I became Power Brand manager in 1984, sales were 30,000 pairs. Today, we sell a million pairs of Power shoes,” said Selvaraj, who became merchandising manager in Bata before assuming his present position.
Nor Amirudin, 43, who is now a warehouse clerk, recalled that when he took a temporary job in the company for eight months in 1980, he was amazed to discover that some of the employees had been working there for more than 30 years.
Little that he think then that he would be working there for 26 years.
“Working here has improved my life. I used to take a bus to work but now I have a motorcycle. I am looking forward to buying a car someday,” he said, adding that he already owned two houses.
“I stayed here because of the positive working environment,” he added.